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SenseTime applying AI technology from facial recognition to AR and autonomous driving

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SenseTime will build its portfolio beyond facial recognition by applying some of the same AI computer vision algorithms to augmented reality (AR) and autonomous driving, Android Headlines reports.

The new focus was explained by co-founder Xu Bing at a conference in Hangzhou, China. He said that the new technologies will “enable machines to recognize images both inside and outside cars, and an augmented reality engine, integrating know-how in reading facial expressions and body movement.”

SenseTime has been building up its AI partnerships and resources, signing a joint development agreement with Qualcomm shortly before it announced financial backing from the hardware maker, and partnering earlier this year with Alibaba on an AI accelerator in Hong Kong. The company also started a $790 million investment fund for Chinese AI companies, and announced that it would use funds from a $600 million financing round earlier this year to build out its AI platform.

Android Headlines reports that in addition to supporting SenseTime’s AR and automated driving ambitions, its most recent funding round will fund the development of its “Viper” service, which the company says will process large amounts of video data from numerous cameras in real-time.

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